Photos of the Year Part I

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 20, 2010, 11:50 am


YOU CAN'T SEE ME:  Keith Horne plays a punch-out from the bushes Friday at the Joburg Open in January. (Getty Images)

Chris Swanepoel

DON'T GIVE ME ANY LIP: Chris Swanepoel catches a bunker lip on his approach shot during Friday's round at the Joburg Open in January. (Getty Images)

Sergio Garcia

WHO'S GONNA RIDE YOUR WILD HORSES?: Sergio Garcia of Spain hits his tee-shot on the seventh hole during the the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January. (Getty Images)

Ben and Cassidy Crane

DADDY-DAUGHTER TIME: Ben Crane tosses daughter Cassidy into the air after winning the Farmers Insurance Open in January. (Getty Images)

Tom and Hilary Watson

REMAKING 'ISHTAR': Tom and Hilary Watson tour the desert the old fashion way at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. (Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson

NIGHT PUTTING: Henrik Stenson competes in a night-time par-3 challenge Tuesday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in February. (Getty Images)

Pebble Beach holes 6, 7 and 8

HEAVENLY VIEW: 
An aerial shot of the sixth, seventh and eighth holes at Pebble Beach Golf Links in February. (Getty Images)

Ryo Ishikawa

OVER THE RAINBOW: Ryo Ishikawa prior to the start of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. (Getty Images)

Alex Cejka

DEEP THOUGHTS: Alex Cejka off the eighth hole at Pebble Beach Saturday in February. (Getty Images)

Suzann Pettersen

ONE LADY'S PAIN...:
Suzann Pettersen of Norway during the final round of the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand at Siam Country Club in Chon Buri, Thailand. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Steve Stricker

THE LOOK OF (NO.) ONE AND DONE: No. 1 seed Steve Stricker reacts after losing his Round 1 match at the Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, Arizona. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Tiger Woods

WORLDWIDE WONDER: 
People watch television monitors at an ESPN restaurant in Times Square in New York City as Tiger Woods makes his first public statement from PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

HSBC Women

CUE ZZ TOP SONG...: Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis pose for a photograph during the Welcome Reception prior to the start of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)ANZ Ladies Masters

TIME TO REFLECT: Florentyna Parker of England is seen reflected in a flooded bunker as she chips onto the second green during Round 3 of the 2010 ANZ Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Joost Luiten

WHERE ARE THOSE DAMN CAR KEYS?: Joost Luiten of the Netherlands looks for a ball in his golf bag  during the first round of the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country on March 4, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Giulia Sergas

GETTING INTO THE WHOLE 'DOWN UNDER' THING: Giulia Sergas of Italy stands on her hands to ease a back problem on the fourth hole during Round 2 of the Women's Australian Open at The Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)Manuel De Los SantosCAN YOU IMAGINE?: Manuel De Los Santos of the Dominican Republic hits a shot during the first round of the Trophee Hassan II. (Getty Images)

Morgan Pressel

THAT IS SUCH A STRETCH: Morgan Pressel poses prior to the Kia Classic. (Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson

THINK HE CAN SEE ME?: A volunteer watches Phil Mickelson during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Getty Images)

Phil and Amy Mickelson FAMILY AFFAIR: Phil Mickelson gives wife Amy a kiss after winning his third Masters Tournament. (Getty Images)Masters Tournament CROWDED HOUSE: Over 200 media members gather for Tiger Woods' Monday press conference. (Getty Images)

Zurich Classic 

YOU'VE BEEN WARNED...: An alligator lurks ominously behind the 17th green during the third round of the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (Getty Images)Miguel Angel Jimenez LIFE IMITATING ART: Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain tees off in front of a picture of himself on the 15th tee during the first round of the Open de Espana at the Real Club de Golf de Seville in Seville, Spain. (Getty Images)Marcel Siem 

GOLF BALL POINT OF VIEW: Marcel Siem of Germany poses for a portrait prior to the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 18, 2010 in Virginia Water, England. (Getty Images)Rory McElroy

EMERGENCY ROOM VISIT?: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland bends his sand wedge after failing to hit out of a greenside bunker on the 10th hole during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship on the West Course at Wentworth on May 20, 2010 in Virginia Water, England. (Getty Images)Natalie Gulbis

IS THAT A 3-WOOD?: Natalie Gulbis follows through on a tee shot during the first round of the LPGA State Farm Classic at Panther Creek Country Club on June 10, 2010 in Springfield, Illinois. (Getty Images)Graeme McDowell

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with his caddie Ken Comboy after making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Getty Images)

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

A post shared by Lexi Thompson (@lexi) on

David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.